Honey for a Child's Heart Updated and Expanded: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life

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A modern classic with over 250,000 copies sold, Honey for a Child's Heart is a compelling, essential guide for parents who want to find the best books for their children ages 0-12. This updated and expanded edition includes a new preface, an updated list of recommended reads for each age group, and audiobook suggestions.

A good book is a gateway into a wider world of wonder, beauty, delight, and adventure. But children don't stumble onto the best books by themselves. They need a parent's help. Author Gladys Hunt, along with her son, Mark, discusses everything from how to choose good books for your children to encouraging them to be avid readers.

Illustrated with drawings from dozens of children's favorites, Honey for a Child's Heart Updated and Expanded includes completely updated book lists geared to your child's age and filled with nearly one thousand longtime favorites, classics, wonderful new books, and audiobooks that will enrich your child's life. It will also show you how to:

  • Understand the importance of being a read-aloud family, enjoying books together by reading aloud
  • Give your children a large view of the world, of truth, and of goodness
  • Encourage each child's imagination and good use of language
  • Find the best books for your children

Thousands of parents have used this guide to furnish their children's inner spirit with the wonder and delight of good reading. Updated and expanded to keep pace with the ever-changing world of children's literature, it is sure to enrich the cultural and spiritual life of your home.

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . 9 Foreword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Part One: Using Books to Help Children Grow 1. Bequest of Wings . . . . . . . . .17 2. Milk and Honey . . . . . . . . . .25 3. What Makes a Good Book? . . . 41 4. Fantasy and Realism . . . . . . . 55 5. Poetry . . . . . . . . 65 6. The Pleasure of a Shared Adventure. . 75 7. Honey from the Rock. . . . . . . . . 83 8. Who Influences Your Children? . . . 93 9. Making Decisions about Books . . . . . 101 Part Two: Best-Loved Books for Children 10. How to Use the Book List . . . . . . . 111 11. A Child's First Books: Ages 0-3 . . . . . 115 12. Picture Book Classics: Ages 4-8 . . . . . . 121 13. More Favorite Picture Books: Ages 4-8 . . . . . . 129 14. First Books for Beginning Readers. . . . . . . . 153 15. Classic Children's Novels: Ages 9-12. . . . . . . 159 16. More Great Books for Intermediate Readers: Ages 9-12 . . . . . . 169 17. Stories for Animal Lovers: Ages 9-12. . . . . . . . . . . 179 18. Historical Novels: Ages 9-12 . . . . . . . . 185 19. Fantasy Novels: Ages 9-12 . . . . . . . 191 20. Young Adult Novels: Ages 12-14 . . . . . . . . 197 21. Poetry Is for Pleasure . . . . . . . 211 22. Nourishing Your Children's Spiritual Life. . . . . . . . 215 23. A Book List for Special Occasions . . . . . . . . . 221 Index of Authors . . . . . . . 233 Index of Book Titles . . . . . . . 239

Gladys Hunt was a well-known author and speaker. Her books include Honey for a Woman's Heart, Honey for a Teen's Heart, and Honey for a Child's Heart. She also wrote numerous Bible study guides for the Fisherman and LifeGuide series. She lived with her husband, Keith, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

Mark Hunt grew up surrounded by books and reading books aloud. He has read more books than he can count with his children and continues adding to the list with his grandchildren (and anyone else who will listen). Mark worked in publishing for thirty years, as an editor and publisher. More recently he served as international executive director for Langham Partnership. Mark lives with his wife, Marian, outside of Lowell, Michigan.

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0.55" H x 9.13" L x 7.24" W

272 pages

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